Posted by jrjenks on Friday, November 13, 2009
Hello, imaginary interviewer. I like your hair.
Bay Rum Blues.
This is one of the songs that I'll be playing as part of the Brass Note Jug Band on Saturday 11/14/2009 at Chicago's Second Annual Battle of the Jug Bands. Our instrumentation will be:
None, so my instructor David and I (mostly David) worked up some simple rolls. You can see them in week 55 of my Banjo versus TV project.
89 BPM, since the rest of the band is practicing along with the Filisko/Noden recording. If I follow the practice-at-20%-faster rule that means I'll need to get my practice speed up to 118 BPM.
For tuning the first four strings I'm going start with standard tuning and then capo at 2. For the fifth string I'm going to tune it down from G4 to E4. So I guess you'd call my tuning e'eac#'e'.
David had originally suggested that I capo the fifth string at 7 as usual for a song in A, but my fingers had trouble hitting the fourth string instead of the fifth strings on those rolls. Tuning it down to E4 meant that I sounded good even if I included the fifth string in a roll.
For right now, none, since I'm not singing it. But when the time comes I think I'll combine the ones that James Conway sings on that YouTube video (I like the references to "Roosevelt was wet / Hoover was dry") and the Filisko/Noden ones.
The Filisko/Noden lyrics reference the "Rayless chain". Apparently, Rayless Department Store was the place in Gastonia, NC where you could purchase booze. (I think Conway is in error when he says "railin' chain".)
Here's a shot of an old Rayless Department Store in Virgina, South Boston:
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